Soft Shells after broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Minniechickmama, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    I have a hen that went broody along with another hen in the same nest. There were two that hatched a few days before the others, so both girls hopped off to play momma. I gave the chicks to one of the girls, and after about 3 weeks of letting her teach them the ropes, I put her back in the pen with the other adults. The other one who didn't momma the chicks started laying again about a week ago, but they are soft shelled eggs, and I keep finding them in the pen. I know it is her because she plopped one out one day when I was checking them. So, is this common? I am figuring it is, but I have never let broodies hatch before.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they on layer feed? Could be a calcium deficiency. I have one that lays soft shelled eggs, but that is because she got eggbound 3 times about 6-7 months ago and has never been the same since.
     
  3. Minniechickmama

    Minniechickmama Senora Pollo Loco

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    They get layer ration plus a little calf manna from time to time to boost their protein since some have started dropping a few feathers.

    I didn't mention they were Silkies, did I? Imagine, Silkies going broody! Who EVER heard of such a thing? [​IMG]
     
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  4. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, don't you tell stories on those poor silkie girls, you know they would never dream of going broody [​IMG]
     
  5. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I would watch her closely, and see if starts laying semi-normal eggs again. She could start laying normal automatically, but then again, you might see a few more that are too soft. If they continue to stay soft, they do make a liquid calcium that you might try to give her.
     

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